Lifelong Communities: A Framework for Planning
Lifelong Communities are places where individuals can live throughout their lifetimes; they provide a full range of options to residents, insuring a high quality of life for all.
Lifelong Communities work to achieve three major goals:
Elements of a Lifelong Community
In June, 2014, ARC, joined by community and tactical urbanism partners, created a temporary Lifelong Community on two-blocks of Atlanta’s historic Sweet Auburn Avenue. Over a period of three days, The “Sweet Auburn Living Beyond Expectations” project demonstrated many of the elements that help create a Lifelong Community. Take a look at the temporary assets that were created by volunteers in just one day to help transform Sweet Auburn Avenue into a Lifelong Community.
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Accessible transit - street car, buses
Accessible vehicle parking
Adequate street lighting
Cross walks - audible crosswalk signals, extended time to cross and clear signage
Raised garden beds
Senior housing - Wheat Street Towers
Basic services nearby such as medical, restaurants and other retail stores
Trees and planters roadside as pedestrian buffers
Grassy or tree-lined medians for pedestrian refuge in multi-lane streets
Protected Bike Lanes
Benches or other seating for rest
Fitness zones - places to exercise and be active outdoors
Third spaces - areas for community gathering and socialization
Healthy affordable fresh foods, i.e. grocery store, community garden, urban farm
Public art and music
Public restrooms - handicapped accessible port-a-potty
Sheltered transit stops
Living Beyond Expectations is a project of the ARC's Lifelong Communities Initiative. The 21st century offers the promise of longevity, allowing us to live longer than ever before. Communities must become places where people remain healthy and engaged throughout their lifetime. That means we will need more choices for housing and transportation, better strategies for maintaining health and expanded access to services. Working together, citizens, government, businesses and philanthropic organizations can realize the promise of longevity and create, throughout the Atlanta region, Lifelong Communities that allow us to live life "Beyond Expectations"
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